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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:36

I moved from Harrow to Belgium and took some plants in pots with me, including an acer which was over 3' wide at the time and almost as high and a photinia daviddi "Palette" which was taller and a bit narrower.

It's best to let the removal company see the pots when they come to quote for the job and ask them about whether or not you need to pack them to protect them or whether the removal company prefers to do it.  How they're packed, and by whom, will affect the insurance policy for the removals job. 


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:04

Looks like a cirrhosa to me.  They flower in winter or very early spring, before the montanas and alpinas and macropetalas and are usually vergreen except in extreme winters.

To find a clematis that is suitable for the size of wall you have available, the flowering time desired and the colour, have a look at this site - which allows you to enter those criteria and several others to help with selecting a good variety.   Then go to your local garden centre or nusery to see what varieties they have or contact a reputable clematis grower such as Taylor's - - who have a wide selection, a very good reputation and deliver nation wide.



Mahonia leaves turning brown

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 22:23

Thanks for letting us know.  It's such a nice feeling when a plant recovers.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 18:05

Give them a good soak to make sure their compost is damp throughout and then, the next day, give them a liquid feed of tomato food to see if that helps.   Next year, treat them to some specialist clematis food in spring and refresh at least the top of the sompost in the pot.  After that, follow the instructions on the pack for frequency of feeding.

Clematis have fleshy roots and like a long, cool root run so if your pots aren't big enough, or they've been baked too hot in the hot summer sun, the plants will suffer.  Cut out any dead stems right back to the base and dead head any flowers.  With luck, the tomato food will perk them up.



Posted: 25/08/2013 at 17:10

I think it's been a funny year for clems.  Some of mine are romping away and I have three "Lazarus" clems that have just started to grow after playing dead all year but others are struggling to grow to their usual size and have feeble flowers.

I had surgery to fix both feet earlier in teh year so wasn't able to get out and train the new growth when it started in earnest but I did manage to feed them all and do slug and snail treatments at Easter.

I don't think a long, cold, wet spring did them any favours and then going to heatwave conditiuons and being baked for so long in July may have shocked them a bit.    i suggest trimming out any dead stems, dead heading as much as possible and then hoping for better things next year - along with lashings of proper clematis food in spring. 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 17:04

I love these brocante markets - also called vide greniers or attic emptying which is nearer to the car boot ethic and doesn't include professionals - and have had some real bargains from bits of oak furniture to clean and oil and make smart again to kitchen items, jugs and old galvanised laundry buckets I've painted and use for planters.

The trick is to see past the grime and imagine it cleaned up.  A friend spotted a filthy lantern in one in Brussels and it now has pride of place as her central light fixture in the living room.  Once cleaned, it proved to have art deco metal lines and small coloured glass panes which were a perfect fit for her home.



Posted: 25/08/2013 at 13:59

Yes.  the conifers will have removed all goodness from the soil so working in organic matter  from compost or well rotted manure will help revitalise it.   Mycrorhizal granules work when in contact with the roots of the new plants so scatter them on the roots of the red robin as you plant them.   Make sure they're watered well before planting if in pots or, if bare rooted, soak them in a bucket of tepid water for at least an hour before planting.  Bare root tends to be chepaer than potted plants.

October is an excellent time to plant as the soil is warm enough to encoruage root growth and there's enough rain around usually fo rit only to need watering at the time of planting.   Once planted and watered give them a good mulch of compost, well rotted manure to retain moisture.  The worms will work it iin for you over the winter.

Next spring, give them a good general feed of either pelelted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and mulch again if you can.  They should then get away well and provide a lovely hedge for years and years to come.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:07

I agree.  Just remove, or tie in stems that are in the way of the gate and train all others away from it.   Newt spring when new growth starts, train it in the direction you want it to go, away from the gate.  You have time bteween now and then to provide it with extra framework to support it if needed.

Moving a clematis 3' is pointless and success cannot be guaranteed as they have such deep, fleshy roots and are hard to dig out without doing serious damage.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 15:49

I don't know as Ii've never used it but it's worth a try. Just make sure the pots are good and damp first as putiing food enriched water in dry pots can burn the roots and inflict further damage.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 15:47

It depends on your hydrangea.  The mopheads and lace caps flower on last year's new  wood so mine never flowered as they were always frozen solid and just produced new stems and foliage each year.

Now I grow the paniculata types which flower later on new season's wood and I get a great display.

Remember also that hydrangeas like a lot of water and don't perform well if kept dry..

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